Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Captain Lakshmi Sahgal no more
Captain Lakshmi Sahgal, a prominent freedom fighter and a member of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's INA, passed away. She was 97.
She was suffering from various health complications related to old age and has beensince last Wednesday. She suffered a stroke and breathed her last on Monday morning.
Born as Lakshmi Swaminathan in Madras, Madras Presidency, British India, she was a practising doctor having received her MBBS degree from Madras Medical College in 1938 and diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics thereafter.
In 1971, she joinedParty of India (Marxist) and represented in the Rajya Sabha. Later in 2002, four Left parties - the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Revolutionary Socialist Party and the All India Forward Bloc nominated Sahgal as their candidate for the presidential polls. She, however lost APJ Abdul Kalam.
In 1998, Sahgal wasthe Padma Vibhushan by the then President KR Narayanan.
Sahgal's daughter, Subhashini Ali is a prominent member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and is the President of the All India Democratic Women's Association.